Friday Night Football Lights — Take 2

Assignment in hand.

First wrestler from Terry Parker and the first wrestler from Fletcher (have to be returners from last year) to get my attention (assuming I’m in the press box and you don’t want to go in), and identify yourself as a wrestler (I will have rosters with me) will be the subjects of the Friday Night Football Lights feature(s) that will probably be published on Monday next week (I have plans to visit my very much-ailing parents in Englewood this weekend).

So there you go. I’ll be at Terry Parker vs. Fletcher on the beach.

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Event Flyers I Have (in-season for 2015-16)

I have three flyers for events this winter. All are attached below. Ed White’s “King of the Hill” and Fletcher’s Neptune Duals are both attached for the second weekend of December, and also for Palm Coast’s Rotary Invitational in late January. If you have flyers for in-season events, let me know and I will repost.

30th Rotary Invitational 2016

King of the hill 10 way dual meet

Neptune Varsity Duals and JV Round Robin Tournament

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Couple of Updates

We’ve got a couple of things in the hopper that are planned to appear shortly, if not even today.

Doug Youmans at Yulee has just sent me the NE FLA dates for the I Own Florida youth series. Those will go on a youth page. I would like to see more middle schools join the youth page with schedules, where there are middle schools with programs (Clay, Columbia, Suwannee, St Johns/Flagler if there are any). I would like to start seeing more results on that front as well.

I will be going into the FHSAA result archives and fixing incorrect links (the 2012 state 2A brackets, among others) and filling in more gaps. That’s more a this-week thing, might start seeing a few things changed today.

Hopefully I’ll have another football game to cover on Friday night and I can get more heads-up out there regarding the Friday Night Wrestling Lights feature. A couple of things I learned — there were no preliminary games last week before the varsity (I don’t know if that changes this week or in future weeks), so students don’t start showing up until just before varsity kickoff, whenever that’s scheduled (in my case at Bolles, it was 7:30).

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Bartram Trail Schedule Is In!

We’ve got five schedules up on the site now. Bartram Trail made it five just a little bit ago. As I mentioned last night with Orange Park, December 12th is looking like an impossibly busy day for me, with events on the Westside (two of them) AND the beach. Looks like I’ll be heading to Atlantic Coast on December 19th again. Lots of great events from a reporter’s standpoint. Creekside has a new one-day duals invite, and that plus Bartram’s two weeks later are interesting too.

And, oh yes, there’s the little matter of December 9th. Coach Parker going back to the OP in blue and black this time round.

Who’s stoked besides me? And we’re still THREE MONTHS OUT.

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Making Friday Night Lights Still Be About Wrestling…

OK, so I’ve noted elsewhere on this site that I was going to be covering Friday football games for the Times-Union, and, hopefully, parlaying that into some kind of semi-regular wrestling presence in the winter.

Hopefully, this will be each week, but we will have to see on that. Apparently, there are a lot more guys out there who want to cover football games (but, from what I have seen in the past, no other sports).

Tonight, I will be at The Bolles School for the Bulldogs’ season-opener with Lake Mary. Varsity start time is 7:30.

To keep things fun and (somewhat) wrestling-oriented, here’s what I’m going to do while I’m at these games: I’d like to do a quick feature story that will appear sometime Saturday.

I will have a roster of Bolles wrestlers who competed on last year’s team. I will be on the home-side press box, probably somewhere between 6:30 and 7 tonight.

The first Bulldog wrestler that comes to visit me will be the subject of the feature. Be prepared to show me ID, because I only know so many kids by face at any program. I’m doing better, but there’s 500 or so of you in the area and just one me with an over-taxed database.

It will only partially be about wrestling, mostly about the kid who gets to me first. If no one shows until after the varsity game begins, they’ll have to come back at halftime, because I will be working — keeping stats and doing other reporter-y type things.

I am going to keep to myself the contents of what will be discussed for now. Be prepared to have an Iphone mug shot taken that will go with the story.

It’ll be fun stuff, I promise, a short interview, and safe for publication. I don’t do things any other way. My son will be with me and probably semi-watching it all go down (assuming he’s not on his phone watching YouTube videos or wondering why a good father wouldn’t take him to his school’s game at Terry Parker instead).

Depending on how the response to this goes, I’ll do this each time I’m on-site for a game. I will make requests to the powers-that-be to shuffle me around to different locations, so that several schools can get in on the action.

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Orange Park Schedule Is Up!

Raiders become first Clay County school to check in. Some interesting stuff there — going to Brandon’s Tony Ippolito IBT instead of GCS Rotary. No 10-Way Dual event this year. New event over at Ed White (I can see myself ALREADY being very busy on December 12). And, former Providence coach Justin Daniels is back on the mats full-time. He’ll be running the Raider program this season.

Which one of your teams will be NEXT?

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Bishop Kenny Schedule Is In

My bad. It’s actually BEEN in….my email for a few days. Thanks to Coach Schloth for jogging my memory. The Crusaders are in the fold! That’s three. Who’s NEXT? Everybody is back in school now. Emails will start to go out soon.

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